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Curbing CO2 emissions from trucks

Topic: road transport

Energy 11-10-2016

EU risks losing competitive edge in low-carbon fuels, warn industry and NGOs

EXCLUSIVE / The European Union risks losing its hard-won advantage on new low-carbon fuels to international competitors such as the US, a group of NGOs, leading companies, and think tanks has warned.

Kathleen Van Brempt, rebel with a cause

In the first episode of a new video series called ‘Over a Beer’, EurActiv's Brian Maguire chats with Kathleen Van Brempt, a Belgian socialist MEP who is chairperson of the 'Dieselgate' inquiry committee in the European parliament.
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Transport 30-09-2016

Surge in electric cars could strain energy grid, warns EU agency

SPECIAL REPORT / The large scale roll-out of electric cars on EU roads will help fight climate change but more electricity will have to be generated to power the vehicles which, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned, could have its own impact on global warming.
Transport 30-09-2016

Carmakers fear EU plans to ease data flows will help tech rivals

European car manufacturers are seeking full control over the data sent to them by connected vehicles they put on the road, and fear a move by Brussels that would impose sharing that data with rivals.
Transport 29-09-2016

EU takes Germany to court over planned road toll

The European Commission referred Germany on Thursday (29 September) to the European Court of Justice over a planned road toll that it says discriminates against foreign drivers.
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Transport 29-09-2016

UNEP: Dieselgate will 'push the electric revolution very quickly'

SPECIAL REPORT / The ‘Dieselgate’ scandal will mark an important step towards phasing out the hundred-year-old internal combustion engine which doesn't have a place in a modern, low-carbon transport system, says Ulf Björnholm.
Transport 28-09-2016

Paris and Berlin hit back against 'abusive practices' in the road transport sector

France, Germany and six other European countries have asked the European Commission to examine the consequences of the "abusive practices" and "fierce competition" from certain states in the road transport sector.
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Transport 28-09-2016

Road sector braces for EU bid to cut emissions

SPECIAL REPORT / After a year of being dogged by the dieselgate scandal, the European road transport sector has started soul searching prompted by new EU plans to reduce carbon emissions.
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Transport 27-09-2016

EU countries want legal change for driverless cars – but they'll have to wait

SPECIAL REPORT / Driverless cars have figured into several EU policy plans lately, as politicians have advocated for speeding up work on the technology to stop countries like the United States from having a leg up on European auto manufacturers.
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Transport 26-09-2016

EU's decarbonisation plans scrutinised by divided transport industry

SPECIAL REPORT / EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc has to make good on a few promises she made before the summer break.
Transport 26-09-2016

Road transport

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In July, the European Commission presented a strategy for low-emission mobility that could mean dramatic changes for the transport sector. looks at the implications for industry, with a focus on road freight.
Transport 21-09-2016

Where is the 'road map' for road transport?

Trucks produce a quarter of the EU’s transport emissions, yet their environmental performance remains unregulated. We need strict standards and a level the playing field for all modes of transport, writes Karima Delli.
Transport 19-09-2016

Gerbrandy: Europe's car industry risks being outfoxed like Nokia

In a few years’ time, people won’t buy a car just to get from A to B. Cars are going to become more like computers. The whole concept of transport will change, predicts Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy.
Transport 19-09-2016

One year on, Dieselgate is a disturbing warning sign about the EU’s house bank

A year after Volkswagen admitted fiddling its diesel emissions, the European Investment Bank (EIB), whose loans backed the carmaker’s efforts to develop cleaner engines, is still unable to say whether or not public funds were used to rig emissions tests, writes Anna Roggenbuck.
Transport 16-09-2016

Transport emissions: Progress in the slow lane

I crashed my car the other day: mounted the curb, hit a rock, bent a wheel, rolled noisily to a nearby garage. The experience was a wake-up call. The European Commission's approach to reducing road transport emissions could do with a similar shock, writes Chris Davies.

Parliament paves way for posted workers reform

MEPs yesterday (14 September) adopted a report on the highly controversial subject of social dumping, bringing the EU one step closer to revising the Posting of Workers Directive, despite vigorous opposition in the East. EurActiv France reports.
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Transport 15-09-2016

Norway minister: ‘Petrol and diesel engines in cars are a thing of the past’

SPECIAL REPORT / Politicians should be less concerned with protecting the polluting industries of the past and invest instead in the future, said Vidar Helgesen, calling on policymakers to speed up the transition to a green economy with environmental taxation schemes.
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James Nix: Brexit could pave the way for EU-wide carbon tax

SPECIAL REPORT / Originally, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) only came into place because the UK was opposed to using taxation as a policy instrument to reduce global warming. With Brexit, there is now an opportunity to look again at an EU-wide carbon tax, according to James Nix.

FuelsEurope boss: Burning global-warming petrol is society's choice

The burning of petroleum in transport, despite its contribution to climate change, is a choice made by customers in a society that runs on liquid fuel, John Cooper has said. The director-general of FuelsEurope stated that there had never been a referendum, asking whether people were prepared to pay more for a low carbon future.
Energy 31-08-2016

EU meets energy efficiency target six years early

Energy efficiency in the European Union is constantly improving. But this could be as much down to the economic downturn as its own efforts, a new study has found. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Transport 02-08-2016

German state of Bavaria to sue VW over Dieselgate emissions scandal

The German state of Bavaria said on Tuesday (2 August) it would sue Volkswagen for damages caused by its emissions-test cheating scandal, the first regional government in VW's home country to take legal action against the carmaker.
Transport 20-07-2016

EU unveils national CO2 emission targets

“These targets are realistic, fair and flexible,” EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said on Wednesday after the EU unveiled national targets for cutting greenhouse gases by 2030.
Transport 20-07-2016

Pressure mounts on truck makers, as Commission announces emissions regulation

The European Commission promised sweeping changes to its regulation of car and truck pollution in an effort to slash carbon emission levels by 2030.
Transport 20-07-2016

Curbing CO2 emissions from trucks

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Unlike for cars, there is currently no binding EU-wide cap on CO2 emissions from trucks. But the European Commission is considering introducing one in the coming years.